April 14, 2013

Caveman Slippers & Wonderland

Have you noticed that when flying, slippers are heavy and take up too much room? You could have put another half meter or more of fabric in your suitcase. Have you also noticed how dirty the soles can get from the hotel? Yuck! Here is my solution to the problem.

Caveman Slippers - On a piece of paper, trace around the soles of your slippers that fit snug or thongs er I mean flip flops. Cut a top, a bottom (I used denim from old jeans) and a piece of batting for each foot. Place the pieces for each foot together: top - batting - bottom, pin lots because they stretch when sewing. Zigzag/straight stitch or serge around the outside edge.
Stand on the soles, measure how long you want the top to be, ie how much of your foot you want covered, mine are 4 1/2" long. Then roughly measure the width across the top of your foot and add 1". NOTE: measurement is longer closer to the ankle than at the toes.
Length___________  X Width________ + 1" = __________
Now, cut 2 pieces of fabric and batting this measurement. Place the them together top - batting - inside, pin and zigzag/straight stitch or serge the outside edge.
Again standing on the soles, center the fabric over the foot and pin ONE SIDE to the sole by the toes and by the ankle. Sew fabric to sole. Again standing on the soles, pull the fabric over the foot tightly and pin THE OTHER SIDE to the sole by the toes and by the ankle. Sew fabric to sole. Trim excess. Voila, Caveman Slippers. Happy travelling!

Sunny Alberta is a wonderland. You wonder when winter will be gone and spring is finally here. Spring in Alberta is a mix of warm sunny weather one day and sleet/snow the next. Today is the later. You can see the sideways driven snow.

By this afternoon, the streets are slushy again and if one has chosen to shovel the sidewalk and driveway they would be wet. But as my dad says 'At This time of the year, the Lord puteth it there the Lord can taketh it away.'


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    1. Yes the 4 1/2" long piece is a rectangle. Oops, should be center the fabric over the foot. Thanks for asking the question When sewn to the sole you will be tapering the rectangle so at the end you will have to trim.

  2. thanx for a great slipper pattern. jackie of quilt arts sent me over for it. have added it to my slipper collection ... do believe these will be my favorites.

  3. I "came over" from Jackie's link. Thnx for the pattern. They will be great to have a few in different sizes for guests.

  4. Awesome! Dropped by from Jackie's post. Great idea - thanks for sharing!